“Right now I feel as if I’ll be satisfied after the tour to not perform anymore,” Shania Twain told Rolling Stone Country back in June before kicking off her Rock This Country trek — the superstar’s first tour in 11 years and what is pegged as her last. But now that she’s in the middle of her farewell travels, it seems she’s changed her mind.
“I’m having the time of my life,” Twain tells the Las Vegas Sun, in an interview that reveals she’s now plotting two big moves: a tour extension into Europe (and possibly other countries) and another Sin City residency. The country-pop phenom, who turned 50 last week, is currently crossing the U.S. and Canada with an elaborate stage show that includes horses, fireworks, aerial theatrics — and, of course, the genre-defying hits that made her the biggest-selling solo female artist in country music history. She’s already extended the itinerary once, adding 19 shows to the original lineup, and is now looking to add dates across the globe.
“It’s become far more meaningful than I thought it would be. . . I’m not ready to stop,” she says. “We’re already talking about going onto Europe at some point . . . and maybe add on Asia, Australia and New Zealand. I have to take it phase by phase.”
But when this current leg of the tour ends October 22nd in Prince George, British Columbia, the next phase of Twain’s big comeback will be finishing an album. She has written 38 songs for the project and is now narrowing them down and recording them during breaks from the road. The upcoming LP will be her first set of new songs since the 2002 double-disc, Up!
“After all those years it’s been a real learning curve,” she tells Rolling Stone Country of crafting the new music. “I was very reluctant to get started, and I put it off for a long time because of that. I was concerned about how comfortable I would feel, and questioning myself too. A lot of self-doubt. Can I do it? Are they going to like what I’m doing? A lot of thought went into it and probably a lot of over-thinking, too. But now that it’s rolling, it’s just very exciting and they are loving the songs.”
After the album and tour wrap, Twain says her “ideal scenario” is to return to Las Vegas for another residency. Her two years at Caesars Palace ended last December, and she’s hoping to start another run there by fall of 2016 or early 2017. It’s a move sparked by how much fun she’s having with her Rock This Country tour, along with the joys of giving back to her fans. . . and to people in need. One dollar from every ticket sold on the current tour goes to Shania Kids Can, a non-profit organization that funds school initiatives to help underprivileged kids live up to their potential.